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New NHS Education Contract

Health Education England will be introducing a new NHS Education Contract from April 2021, to replace the varying contractual arrangements currently in place (including the Learning and Development Agreement with NHS service providers).

The new NHS Education Contract will become a key tool for improving the quality of education and training, driving change, and providing funding.

To help develop this new standard contract, HEE is seeking the advice of partners, especially those who use the Learning Development Agreement or may use the new NHS Education Contract in the future.

HEE has begun work to identify what can and should be in any new contract, and a draft contract document has been prepared for our consideration by our legal advisors. Click here to view the draft contract.

HEE has created a five-question survey to receive feedback on a draft new contract.

For a full list of all the questions contained in the survey click here. To access the survey click here, please ensure you answer all questions and submit this version. The survey will remain open until 20 September 2020. If you have questions about the survey or the wider project, please email commissioning@hee.nhs.uk

Background to the new contract

We believe a single NHS Education Contract will help us to achieve a nationally consistent approach to contracting and funding for education and training. We also hope that it will making it easier for all parties to understand how public funds are used, and what the public should expect in return for the money invested in training the healthcare workforce.

The new NHS Education Contract will: 

  • Be applicable across multiple providers (HEI, Education Providers, NHS, independent, voluntary, private and social care) and settings (e.g. secondary care, GP/Primary Care, Dentistry); 
  • Align HEE’s commissioning, procuring and workforce planning arrangements with its contractual and financing activities; 
  • Emphasise the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in delivering healthcare education and training; 
  • Focus on HEE’s expectations on the outputs (volume, value, impact, quality) for the public investment received. 

We hope it will better accommodate non-NHS education and training partners in training delivery, to encourage a wider selection of training partners to improve training capacity, quality and student experience.